ARENO RULES OF GOLF
ARENO RULES OF GOLF
Golf is a very cerebral game
requiring concentration and focus. To avoid possible brain injury, it is
mandatory that your mental state be adjusted before, during, and after a golf
1. On beginning play, as many
balls as may be required to obtain a satisfactory result may be played from
the first tee. Everyone recognizes a good player needs to "loosen
up" but does not have time for the practice tee.
2. A ball sliced or hooked into
the rough shall be lifted and placed in the fairway at a point equal to the
distance it carried or rolled in the rough. Such veering right or left
frequently results from friction between the face of the club and the cover of
the ball, and the player should not be penalized for erratic behavior of the
ball resulting from such uncontrollable mechanical phenomena.
3. A ball hitting a tree shall be
deemed not to have hit the tree. Hitting a tree is simply bad luck and has no
place in a scientific game. The player should estimate the distance the ball
would have traveled if it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there,
preferably from atop a nice firm tuft of grass.
4. There shall be no such thing
as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course somewhere and
eventually will be found and pocketed by someone else. It thus becomes a
stolen ball, and the player should not compound the felony by charging himself
with a penalty stroke.
5. When played from a sand trap,
a ball, which does not clear the trap on being struck, may be hit again on the
roll without counting an extra stroke. In no case will more than two (2)
strokes be counted in playing from a trap. Since it is only reasonable to
assume that if the player had time to concentrate on his shot, instead of
hurrying it so as not to delay his playing partners, he would be out in two
6. If a putt passes over the hole
without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity holds that
any object attempting to maintain a position in the atmosphere without
something to support it must drop. The law of gravity supersedes the law of
7. Same thing goes for a ball
that stops at the brink of the hole and hangs there, defying gravity. You
cannot defy the law.
8. Same thing goes for a ball
that rims the cups. A ball should not go sideways. This violates the laws of
9. A putt that stops close enough
to the cup to inspire such comments as "you could blow it in", may
be blown in. This rule does not apply if the ball is more than three (3)
inches from the hole, because no one wants to make a travesty of the game.
10. Your golf bag is not
considered to contain a full set of clubs without a foot iron. The foot iron
can be your most valuable club particularly on Myrtle Beach golf courses.
11. There is no penalty for a
so-called "out-of-bounds" shot. If penny-pinching golf course owners
bought sufficient land, this would not be a problem. The golfer deserves an
apology, not a penalty.
12. There is no penalty for a
ball in a water hazard. Golf balls should float. The fact that they do not is
a technological problem that the manufacturers have not yet overcome. Again,
the golfer should not be punished for someone else's shortcomings.
13. Advertisements constantly
proclaim that golf scores can be markedly improved by purchasing the newest
clubs, balls, shoes, and other golfing accessories. Since this is financially
impossible for the average golfer, a stroke per hole may be subtracted from
the score for using old equipment when playing stroke play. In match play, you
get the same break if your opponent has newer equipment.
14. Golfers riding in carts
should be given higher handicaps when playing against opponents who walk, as
they never get a chance to "warm-up." This is a definite handicap.
To prove the point, how many Pro's do you see riding in carts?
15. Scoring will be by the
Calloway method. To explain this scoring method is not easy. To give you an
idea of how it works, here's what happens, the scorekeeper picks a winner and
makes the score come out.
Any additions, deletions, or
revision to these rules may be nominated in writing but will not be considered
so save your time. Acknowledgement to the "Areno" rules of golf and
the "Ed Chalol" new golf rules for contributions to this
ABBREVIATED ARENO RULES OF GOLF